How to Deal with Psychosis Diagnosis for Your Child

In most cases, psychosis is not caused by ineffective parenting. It is a biological condition, and parents do not cause psychosis. Being proactive and supportive in your child’s illness, however, can greatly increase the chances of recovery.

Understand recent changes in thoughts, feelings, or behavior.

Early stage psychosis can include:

  • difficulty concentrating
  • depressed mood
  • sleep changes—sleeping too much or not enough
  • anxiety
  • suspiciousness
  • withdrawal from family and friends
  • ongoing unusual thoughts and beliefs

While many of these symptoms on their own may seem like typical teenage behavior, a combination of symptoms may indicate the need for a conversation, or a call to a family physician or MindMap.

Help your child stay on track or get back on track with work, school, and/or self-care.

Learn strategies for reducing stress for yourself and your child, and increaseprotective factors.

Watch this honest video of a parent’s journey when his own son was diagnosed with psychosis.

If you think your child may be experiencing the symptoms of psychosis, take this two-minute quiz or contact us at (203) 589-0388.